WEC 37 will be brought to us LIVE on tomorrow(December 3rd) on the Versus channel beginning at 8pm EST. Don't you just love some FREE midweek high caliber MMA? Let's take a look at the match ups on tap for the show:
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia(WEC Bantamweight Title Match)
I've been waiting for this fight for a long time. I spoke with Tapia not long ago and he commented that he's more than ready for this fight. It'll be interesting that's for sure, as Tapia will look to keep this fight on the feet more than likely. He likes to come forward while throwing absolute hand grenades for punches, but he's also adept at GnPing out a victory as well. Most people don't realize it, but Tapia comes from a BJJ background. Torres's last opponent(Yoshiro Maeda) had some success while standing, but succumbed to punishment after 3 rounds. I think it's fair to say that Tapia packs more power than Maeda, and could possibly have a better motor in terms of cardio. As we learned from Brown vs. Faber, one punch can change the game on anyone. However, I think Torres could have more ways to win this fight simply because he can finish the fight standing or on the ground. I expect both fighters to come out guns blazing, and if Tapia hurts Torres with his striking then Torres could pull guard. While Tapia is certainly versed in submissions, the way that Torres links subs together is phenomenal. After Torres pulls guard, I can see Tapia looking to ground and pound(he should keep it standing) and getting caught in a triangle. Torres via Submission
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
This fight is pretty much your basic striker vs. grappler match up. Both fighters are coming in with pretty good records with Ribeiro being the more experienced fighter. Bowles doesn't want to stand with Ribeiro, and should look to clinch and take Ribeiro down and try to grind him out or GnP. Ribeiro will look to keep it standing and utilize his excellent muay thai strikes to inflict maximum damage. I see Bowles trying to take Ribeiro down repeatedly and exhausting himself in the process. Ribeiro should be able to finish him at that point. Ribeiro via TKO.
Waggney Fabiano vs. Akitoshi Tamura
I've been anticipating Fabiano's WEC debut since he was signed to the organization after the IFL folded. This is another bout of grappler vs. striker for the most part. Tamura's nickname is "Ironman" and it fits perfectly since he's never been finished in a fight. However, over half of Fabiano's wins have come via submission. I don't know if Tamura has ever faced a grappler with the pedigree of Fabiano. He needs to keep this fight standing at all costs, otherwise he won't survive on the ground with Fabiano in my opinion. I just don't see Tamura being able to avoid the ground for the entire fight. Fabiano loves the arm triangle choke and we just might see him finish Tamura with it. Fabiano via Submission
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Admittedly I don't know a great deal about either fighter in this match up. I do know that Benavidez is a highly touted undefeated training partner of Urijah Faber, and has finished every single one of his opponents. It's said that Benavidez is cut from the same mold as Faber in that his motor goes non stop. Whereas, Martinez started out as a wrestler but has shown that he's capable of winning via KO or submission as well. I expect Benavidez to come out with a frantic pace, and securing a takedown and waiting for Martinez to make a mistake and give up his back. Benavidez via Rear Naked Choke.
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